Pratt & Whitney recently hosted its third annual Central Connecticut State University scholarship breakfast, celebrating the company's relationship with the university and honoring current and past students who have graduated from the program into full-time positions within Quality or Environment, Health & Safety, which was added to the program this year.
Mary Anne Cannon, Pratt & Whitney EH&S vice president, and the event's host, told attendees Pratt & Whitney's partnership with Central Connecticut State University is making a real difference in our business with students making positive impacts throughout the company.
"At Pratt & Whitney we need dependable, smart, hard-working people to build our engines," Cannon said. "That's what this program is about. We make awesome products, but we can't do it without the great people of Pratt & Whitney." She said this program is helping the company attract, develop and retain the next generation of employees.
Central Connecticut State University President Dr. Jack Miller, and Dr. Paul Resetarits, Manufacturing and Construction Management professor, both praised Pratt & Whitney for the opportunity the scholarship program offers students.
"These students are getting real world experience," Resetarits said. "Not just something out of a text book. We value our long relationship with Pratt & Whitney and look forward to it continuing."
The event's keynote speaker, Pratt & Whitney Manufacturing Operations Vice President Joe Sylvestro, told students it's a very exciting time for Pratt & Whitney, the aviation industry and U.S. manufacturing and the people who have the best chance of being successful are those who can help the company think differently.
"Pratt & Whitney is always pushing the boundaries of technology and finding new ways to do things better, faster and more efficiently," he said. "Opportunities are there for people to help us find new ways of doing things."
"Take a look. Think about it. Maybe help develop new techniques to help us be successful. You have an opportunity to make a difference for a long time."